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Ukraine's acting president warns economy is in dire state‏

© Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty ImagesPeople wave a giant Ukrainian flag at Kiev's Independence Square on February 23, 2014.
Ukrainian lawmakers gave presidential powers to parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov, who urged political parties to agree on a new government and warned of the "catastrophic" state of the nation's economy.

The U.S., Europe and the U.K. said they would help with financial aid when a new cabinet is formed, a day after the assembly ousted Viktor Yanukovych from the presidency for his role in violence that killed at least 82 people last week. Border officials stopped him and members of his cabinet from fleeing Ukraine at an airport in the country's eastern city of Donetsk yesterday. They were not detained.

Comment: Dire economic state? You ain't seen nothin' yet Turchynov...
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Ukrainian parliament passed resolution on Yanukovich's resignation

Ukraine's parliament has approved a resolution on the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. A total of 328 deputies have noted for the parliament's resolution. The resolution, which envisages holding presidential elections on May 25, 2014, will come into effect since the parliament has approved the resolution.

The resolution says Yanukovych removed himself from the constitutional powers. "The state cannot depend on the mood of the president, who has removed himself and whose whereabouts are unknown," Verkhovna Rada speaker Aleksander Turchinov said.

"I want to say at about 15:00 Moscow time we've succeeded in contacting Yanukovych. In the presence of deputies Arseny Yatsenyuk (head of the Batkivshchina faction) has talked with him. Yatsenyuk proposed him to resign and he (Yanukovych) agreed," Turchinov said, adding "Later, talking with other people Yanukovych denied his statement."

In an interview with UBR television channel, Yanukovych said he considered the events in Ukraine "a coup d'etat". "I'm going to resign and leave the country," Yanukovych said.

Ukrainian President Yanukovych does rejects the decision of the Verkhovna Rada to remove him from the President's office, presidential adviser Anna Herman said this Saturday.


U.S. States make moves to put anti-drone laws in place

© AP/Eric GayA test drone with a wing span of almost 13 feet flies over a ranch near Sarita, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. A Texas A&M Corpus Christi research team is conducting tests to help determine how unmanned aircraft system can be integrated into existing airspace.
A pair of states passed bills this week restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones.

In Washington, the state House passed two bills on Monday limiting the purchase and use of drones for government surveillance, The Associated Press reports.

House Bill 2789 requires state agencies and municipal governments to obtain search warrants to use drones in specific situations, including "emergencies with an immediate danger of death or serious bodily injury; criminal emergencies with immediate danger of death or serious bodily injury with no time to get a warrant; for military training on a base; training and testing of devices if no personal information is collected; a governor-declared state of emergency; or for an operation such as environmental or wildlife monitoring."

Also, agencies using drones would have to prepare annual reports for the public describing how they were used.

The bill was approved in an 83-15 vote.

The other, House Bill 2178, would ban the "unauthorized use of drones, or other unmanned aircraft with sensing devices, above private property." It passed by a vote of 92-6.


SOTT Focus: Behind the Headlines: 'Revolution' in Ukraine: A history of manufactured chaos

Map of Ukraine
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This week we took a closer look at the unfolding chaos in Ukraine. Is it really 'chaos'? Or is their method behind the madness?

In the context of 100+ years of U.S. intervention abroad, the worsening situation in Ukraine is just another in a long line of manipulated and bloody conflicts the U.S. elite has brought about.

This time, however, the U.S. is facing a strong opponent in the form of a resurgent Russia. How will Putin respond to the unfolding mayhem on his doorstep? Will he play dirty like the Americans? Will he just try to keep it contained within Ukraine's borders?

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War Whore

Adding insult to injury, George W. Bush sheds a (fake) tear over vets suffering from his wars: 'I'm in there with them'

Former President George W. Bush described himself as "emotional" recently when he talked about how he was trying to make a difference for the veterans who are trying to put their lives back together after serving in the wars waged by his administration.

At a Military Service Initiative Summit last week, the former president had explained that his institute was going to take steps to assist the veterans who were trying to transition into civilian life after coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, ABC's Martha Raddatz asked the former president if the new initiative helped him cope with the 6,800 service members killed, and 51,000 wounded.

"No question it helps," Bush stuttered. "I have a duty."

"I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I'm in there with them," he added with a single tear spilling down his right cheek.

"But my spirit is also uplifted when I visit with vets. As I say, there is no self-pity... They don't say, 'Woe is me.' They say, 'What can I do to continue to serve?'"

Watch the video below from ABC's This Week, broadcast Feb. 23, 2014.

Comment: Err... did you see any tears, sign of remorse or genuine emotion coming from Bush in the video above?

Neither did we. No wonder, since psychopaths are incapable of any of that. Instead, we did catch a couple of those smirks which are Dubya's trademark, which give an air of mockery to his latest charade and reveal how he really feels about the suffering he has caused.


Twenty-five years after Soviet exit, Taliban says U.S. will meet same fate

© Reuters/Ahmad NadeemA U.S. soldier stands at the site of a suicide attack on a NATO base in Zhari, west of Kandahar province, January 20, 2014.
The Taliban called on Afghans to expel the United States from Afghanistan on Saturday just as they said Afghan mujahideen fighters had done to Soviet forces 25 years ago to the day. Related Stories

In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a national holiday for Afghans, the Taliban sought to connect the steady departure of U.S. and NATO troops ahead of a year-end deadline to the end of the decade-long Soviet occupation.

"Today America is facing the same fate as the former Soviets and trying to escape from our country," the Taliban said in a statement emailed to reporters by Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a spokesman for the group.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is calling on its people to deal with today's invaders the same they did with the yesterday's invaders," he said, using the name the Taliban government used during its repressive 1996-2001 rule.

In line with the so-called Geneva accords, a last convoy of Soviet soldiers crossed a bridge connecting northern Afghanistan with the then-Soviet Union on February 15, 1989.


Freed Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko says she plans runs for presidency

Ukrainian ex-premier, Yulia Timoshenko, says she would run for the top office. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for May 25. Timoshenko, who has now been freed from jail, has left a Kharkov clinic and travelled to Kiev by special flight.

"Yulia Timoshenko has moved to Maidan (Independence Square)," said Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchnina faction. He had earlier announced that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was en route to Independence Square in Kiev, the focal point of pro-European demonstrations, after being released earlier on Saturday.

"Yulia is on her way to Maidan [Independence Square]," Yatsenyuk said after a telephone conversation with Tymoshenko in the presence of reporters.

One minute before, witnesses and Batkivshchyna confirmed that Tymoshenko had been discharged from the clinic in Kharkov where she had been receiving treatment since May 2012.

She left the hospital premises with a motorcade.

Free-dumb and Democrazi: Ukraine MPs vote for release of ex-PM and gas billionaire Tymoshenko, along with a return to 2004 CIA-imposed constitution


Best of the Web: Judges judging judges - Judgment at Nuremberg

Nuremberg trial
Dec. 10, 1945: Defendants and defense attorneys during the Nuremberg trials
Stanley Kramer's masterpiece Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) stands alone as the finest film about judges ever made. In the film, four Nazi judges are placed on trial at Nuremberg before a panel of three American judges. Three of the German judges are Nazi thugs but one of them, Ernst Janning (played by Burt Lancaster), was quite different. Janning had been a famous and aristocratic legal scholar, a drafter of the Weimar constitution, and a man who detested Hitler and the Nazis. Yet he remained on the bench under the Third Reich. All defendants are convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The chief American judge, Dan Haywood (played memorably by Spencer Tracy), brushes aside the various excuses offered by defense counsel Rolfe (a role for which Maximilian Schell won an Oscar).

The Nuremberg war crime trials presented many thorny jurisprudential issues, such as the problem of ex post facto criminal law and the issue of how the court obtained jurisdiction over the defendants. In particular, what justification is there for an international (rather than a German) tribunal to try a case in which the offenses were committed by Germans against other Germans?

Comment: The above article was written in 1998. Just think of all the laws that were created and passed since then, especially after 911 in the U.S.A. (slowly but steadily spreading throughout the Western world and beyond) and how
court decisions aggressively broadened the coverage of the law, both in defining who was a [terrorist] and who was [one of "us"], and in describing the circumstances that would violate the law
We look back to the 1940s and we wonder in horror how the Nazis were able to create such a repressive, inhumane and utterly insane system and cause all the destruction and deaths that they did for so long! But someone looking from the future back to our world today, would wonder with the same exact horror, provided that s/he has any conscience.

Movie: Judgment at Nuremberg - Must See!


Ukraine: The brown (shirt) revolution

© "Golos Stolitsy" (Voice of capital/Kiev)
It is a fact that since 9-11-2001, the US Government has been in the business of destroying countries and using NATO as it principle instrument. That was stated more than a decade ago by then US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and later by General Wesley Clark. The Pentagon drew up a list of 7 states that were to be destroyed: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria and they have systematically proceeded to destroy all of the Countries on the list. The strategy in Ukraine is the same, US/NATO/EU are promoting the destabilization and the breakup of Ukraine in order to achieve the NATO goal of moving into Ukrainian territory closer to Russia. Harvard Professor Francis Boyle, a US based Russian expert who was invited to the Soviet Union to lecture spoke on these issues and more in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

While Russia was distracted into believing that the US wanted a reset US foreign policy was being planned and dictated by rabid Russia haters like Zbignew Brzezinski and Richard Pipes. Brzezinski wants to breakup Russia into approximately 68 parts and has placed his protégés in key US foreign policy posts. According to Mr. Boyle Brezezinski has staffed the Obama administration with his acolytes and protégées, including the US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a specialist in color revolutions. At the end of the day the US plan is to see the breakup of the Russian Federation, that is the goal.

Bad Guys

Venezuelan government sends Army to combat "grave" opposition - suspects that "paramilitaries and criminal gangs" are involved

© Jack JohnstonStreet barricades have reduced traffic and impeded rubbish collection in San Cristobal. After this photo was taken last week, the situation reportedly worsened.
The Venezuelan government is to send two army battalions to Táchira state, which borders Colombia, to combat a "grave" case of opposition-promoted disorder in the area.

According to press reports and an eyewitness testimony provided to Venezuelanalysis.com, the capital city of Táchira state, San Cristóbal, has been almost brought to a standstill in recent days by street barricades set up by hard-line opposition activists.

According to such reports, in recent days almost no transport has been able to circulate, while the great majority of shops and businesses have been closed. Authorities warn that the street blockades are impeding the delivery of food and gasoline, and claim that transport workers have been threatened.

The government also suspects that "paramilitaries and criminal gangs" are involved in the actions, with the complicity of the local opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos.